A founding member of Sonic Youth, Kim Gordon moved from Los Angeles to New York in the 1970s. Her watercolors are inspired by on-stage performance, the faces of the crowd basis for dreamlike blurs of color. Gordan works with more than just watercolor, she combines newsprint, word, and photograph all working as canvas for quick slashes of color. The shapes are at once lightning fast portrait and abstract shape.
Limited to an initial run of 3,000 (complete with a signed print by Gordon), Performing/Guzzling is an artist monograph with hands-on feel. Gordon handled the design and layout, offering a series of her watercolors, mixed media collages, and personal lyrics. The book is image heavy, but some space is allowed for reflection – brief essays by artist and critic Jutta Koether and New Yorker Magazine staff writer Hilton Als ruminate on the pleasures of Gordon’s art.
Published in collaboration between Nieves, a Zurich-based independent, and Rizzoli, Performing/Guzzling handsomely translates Gordon’s output in book form. Look for it in April.
More images from Kim Gordon Performing/Guzzling by Kim Gordon, Rizzoli New York, 2010 after the jump. All images credited to Kim Gordon from Kim Gordon Performing/Guzzling by Kim Gordon, Rizzoli New York, 2010.